Wide field astronomy with Starbug

Roger Haynes, Andrew McGrath

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Starbug is a new concept for a robotic positioning system able to deploy many payloads, such as pickoff optics, optical fibres, integral field units over the focal surface of a telescope. Aimed at addressing some of the weakness of current positioning systems, Starbug employs micro-robotic actuators to independently and simultaneously position multiple small payloads accurately on an arbitrarily large field plate. Targeted at offering a cost-effective positioning system for both optical and infrared instrumentation it is being developed to; operate in cryogenic environments, position to micron level resolution, simultaneous move arbitrary numbers of payloads and included micro-tracking for minor positional adjustments that could compensate for differential atmospheric refraction effects and instrument flexure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-331
Number of pages3
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Micro-robotic
  • Payloads
  • Pickoffs
  • Positioning system
  • Starbug


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